Stan Kenton

Stanley Newcomb Kenton (December 15, 1911 – August 25, 1979) was an American popular music and jazz artist. As a pianist, composer, arranger and band leader, he led an innovative and influential jazz orchestra for almost four decades. Though Kenton had several pop hits from the early 1940s into the 1960s, his music was always forward-looking. Kenton was also a pioneer in the field of jazz education, creating the Stan Kenton Jazz Camp in 1959 at Indiana University.[2]

Stan Kenton
Kenton in January 1947
Background information
Birth nameStanley Newcomb Kenton
Born(1911-12-15)December 15, 1911
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
DiedAugust 25, 1979(1979-08-25) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Bandleader
  • musician
  • composer
  • arranger
InstrumentsPiano
Years active1930–1978
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